Research Symposium

Rachel Kyte

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) announces its 2nd annual research symposium, GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION: Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy for All, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall. Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Development in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, will be the keynote speaker. 

Other invited speakers will be Luciano Castillo, Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University; Jun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University; Shelie Miller, Jonathan W. Bulkley Collegiate Professor of Sustainable Systems at University of Michigan; Vijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University; and from Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, Abigail Mechtenberg, Tom Purekal, and Patrick Regan.

To view the full agenda and information about our speakers, visit the Agenda web page.

Poster Session

Following the presentations, a poster session will be held for Notre Dame graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to showcase their energy-related research projects. Awards will be given to the top three presenters. Abstracts will be accepted through March 15. To view the poster session guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit the Poster Session web page.  


Registration is not required, yet appreciated. The deadline to register has been extended to March 13. This will help us ensure we have enough food, refreshments, and program materials for everyone. You are welcome to join us for the entire day or as much of the day as your schedule will allow. Please use the following link to let us know when you might be joining us:  REGISTER.

COMPANION EVENT: An Evening with Rachel Kyte

We are also delighted to announce "An Evening with Rachel Kyte" on March 20 at 7:00 PM in the McKenna Hall Auditorium for the entire Notre Dame community and general public. This special presentation, hosted by ND Energy in partnership with the "With a Side of Knowledge" podcast, will feature a conversation with Rachel Kyte, led by Ted Fox, executive administrator in the Office of the Provost at the University of Notre Dame. Kyte will share her perspectives on what it's like to lead an international organization, working with leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society, to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and more.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Coffee and cookies will be served.

McKenna Hall Auditorium is located across from The Morris Inn on Notre Dame Avenue. Parking for visitors will be available in the lot on the east side of the Walsh Family Hall of Architecture with the main entrance from Holy Cross Drive. Additional parking will be available in the Joyce, Compton and Baseball Lots. Parking will be free after 4 p.m. View the parking map for more information.

This event is free and open to the general public.  

The Symposium Organizing Committee members are Ginger Sigmon, Barbara Villarosa, and Koby Keck. The inaugural ND Energy Research Symposium was held on April 18, 2018, and highlights of this event can be viewed here.

2019 Research Symposium Poster
2019 Research Symposium Screen Ad
2019 Research Symposium Classroom Slide (JPG)
2019 Poster Session Poster